Stories

Communities fighting climate breakdown

Published:  29 Apr 2020    |      Last updated:  14 Jul 2020    |      4 minute read     |        |    Eoin Redahan
In just one year Climate Action groups have convinced councils to declare climate emergencies, lobbied for change at a local level, and brought communities together. Could your community do something similar?

How do trade deals affect the environment?

Published:  24 Apr 2020    |      3 minute read
Government decisions impact upon the climate and ecological crises in multiple ways, and trade deals are one of them. From fair and sustainable supply chains to upholding high standards, campaigner Kierra Box explores what can be done to make trade deals environmentally friendly.

Toxic trade timeline

Published:  23 Apr 2020    |      Last updated:  13 Oct 2020    |      4 minute read
How can we stop the UK government rushing through dangerous trade deals with the US? Trade Campaigner Kierra Box highlights key moments and correspondence between government and Friends of the Earth over a forthcoming trade deal.

Is your money funding fossil fuel projects?

Published:  28 Feb 2020    |      Last updated:  08 Sep 2020    |      4 minute read     |        |    Fran Hunter
Over the past decade, a little known government agency has been using UK taxpayers’ money to finance oil and gas projects abroad. We look at what this means for local communities and climate breakdown.

Does carbon offsetting work?

Published:  13 Feb 2020    |      6 minute read     |        |    Mike Childs
Offsetting. Everybody’s at it. Shell says that it offsets the petrol that its customers buy. The aviation industry has said offsetting is how we can carry on flying. Some countries even want to offset their emissions. But what is carbon offsetting and does it work?

Amazon fires: just one piece of the exploitation puzzle

Published:  29 Jan 2020    |      Last updated:  06 Aug 2020    |      3 minute read
A year ago, we launched an appeal to support work in Brazil following devastating fires in the Amazon. Now the rainforest is burning again and compared to last July the number of fires in Brazil has increased by a terrifying 28%. Though the situation may have faded from media focus, colleagues, communities and allies need your help.

How to cope with eco anxiety

Published:  28 Jan 2020    |      3 minute read
With multiple councils and governments declaring a climate emergency, the worsening environmental situation can often feel overwhelming. Psychotherapist and lecturer Caroline Hickman discusses the phenomenon of "eco anxiety", and what to do about it.

The problem with Heathrow expansion

Published:  14 Jan 2020    |      3 minute read     |        |    Will Rundle
The issue of Heathrow expansion is a major environmental headache. Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth, Will Rundle, recaps details from this long-running saga, and explains why it's a social justice issue.

The fracking ban: what does it mean?

Published:  06 Nov 2019    |      3 minute read     |        |    Jamie Peters
So long fracking, it’s been emotional. Jamie Peters, our campaign lead on fracking, reflects on the government’s announcement of a halt on fracking, and what it means for campaigners – and the future of the industry.